Women Engineers in Nigeria have been challenged to develop a home grown technology that will assist the country in quick economic recovery and growth in the post pandemic era.
Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), Engineer Saheed Aremu gave the charge at the 2020 International Women in Engineering Day, organized by the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEAN), Kwara state Chapter.
This is just as the Chairperson of APWEAN in the state, Engineer Oluwatoyin Babatunde advocated for enrollment of more girl child in Engineering and Science related disciplines.
Speaking at the occasion held at the board room of Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Ilorin, Aremu said women Engineers are endowed with “insight” into issues which if well explored could assist in
He said with the COVID -19 pandemic,”there is more demand for water”, as he called on women Engineers to come up with home grown technology that will support availability of adequate water.
Aremu said the closure of Nigeria’s land border should be seen as an opportunity to key in to the federal government policy towards ensuring quick economic growth and recovery.
APWEAN chairperson decried the low enrollment of girl child in Engineering and Science related disciplines and called for more advocacies to encourage girl child to take up Engineering as a career.
She said APWEAN will continue to create an enabling environment for members to thrive and urged them to take advantage of such opportunities to prove their worth.
In her lecture, titled the “Role of Women Engineers in Shaping the World”, a lecturer in the department or Engineering, University of Ilorin, Dr Omodele Eleta challenged professional Engineers to take advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions to develop their capacity technologically.
She said women must strike the balance between being a mother and also not found wanting in their responsibilities at the workplace.